Main Street in 1915
Louisville High School Classes of 1964 and 1965
Megan with school tour
Moxie Bread Company
Kitchen Implements

Programs & Exhibits

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Programs on Demand (YouTube)

April 4, 2018
"Early Major League Baseball Through the Eyes of Louisville's Bert Niehoff"

March 15, 2018
"The Coal Giants: History of United Coal Company, Northern Coal Company, and Rocky Mountain Fuel Company"


Upcoming Programs

Historic Walking Tour (suggested donation is $5 per person)

NOTE: The Community Update newsletter incorrectly notes this walking tour taking place on Sept. 16

Top of the Hill
September 15, 9:00am

Diane Marino will lead this historic walking tour of the neighborhood at the top of the hill in Old Town Louisville. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended; meet at Pirates Park.

First Friday Art Walks, 2018

In 2018, we will continue to explore lesser-known aspects of Louisville history and culture, with a different topic each month.

Upcoming Schedule

  • August 3, 6–8pm :: Lafayette History in the Spotlight
    Our neighboring towns share a common coal-mining history and family connections, but they also have interesting differences. Members of the Lafayette Historical Society will be there to answer your questions.

  • September 7, 6–8pm :: Brands Old and New: Louisville Business Memorabilia
    Louisville businesses have given out many promotional items over the decades. Come to the Museum to view local, vintage matchbook covers, swizzle sticks, and keychains along with marketing items from current businesses.

  • October 5, 6–8pm :: Happy 140th Birthday, Louisville!
    Come have some birthday cake and join the Museum, Louisville History Foundation, and Louisville Historical Commission in celebrating Louisville’s 140th! The Museum will also show items and photos from the commemoration of Louisville’s 100th birthday in 1978.

  • November 2, 6–8pm :: Artists Among Us: Get to Know the Louisville Art Association
    The LAA promotes the visual arts in our community and provides opportunities for local artists to connect with one another and attend workshops. Come to the Museum to find out more about this nearly 40-year-old organization and its artist members.

Special Evening Programs 

October 26, 7:008:00 (Museum outdoor campus)
Stories in the Dark
Start your Halloween festivities out right with spooky Halloween stories from the Boulder Valley Spellbinders for adults and children ages 6 and up. Bring a blanket or chairs, if desired. Rain Date: Saturday, October 27.

November 15, 7:00 (Library 1st floor Meeting Room)
Stories in Places: Putting Louisville’s Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Development in Context
Dr. Rebecca Schwendler, who recently researched and wrote three historic context reports for the City of Louisville, will share her findings about how Louisville’s residences, businesses, farms, railroads, and coal mines helped to shape the city, and how those histories remain visible today through architecture.

Brown Bag Discussions, 2018

THUR (quarterly) :: 12–1pm
Library Meeting Room, 951 Spruce Street
Facilitated by Bridget Bacon, Museum Coordinator. Bring your lunch and join us for another in this series of informal discussions on Louisville history. Topics to be announced.

Upcoming Schedule

  • September 6 :: Louisville and Change
    In recognition of Louisville’s 140th birthday this fall, join Museum Coordinator Bridget Bacon to discuss the changes happening around us. What we should try to retain from the past as we see Colorado’s Front Range cities grow and their identities change? Participants are welcome to bring a lunch.
  • December 7, TBA


Featured Exhibit

The Louisville Historical Museum is currently featuring an exhibit showing the original painted canvas stage curtain from the Rex Theatre at 817 Main Street (formerly Senor T's and the Rex Restaurant). The exhibit gives the background on the 22 downtown Louisville businesses advertised on the colorful curtain, which dates from the silent film era of the 1920s.

Look in the Museum’s front windows to see an exhibit of Photos from Historic Farms of the Louisville Area. Much of modern Louisville has been built on the sites of these former farms. Also, some farms have been acquired as Open Space.

National Register of Historic Places

Take a self-guided walking tour of the 12 Louisville buildings on the National Register of Historic Places!

Past Exhibits

The Museum has featured an exhibit on Remembering the Monarch Mine Explosion of 1936. Read a detailed narrative of this explosion that killed eight coal miners, as well as its possible causes: